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by The Treacherous French

The Treacherous French are an eclectic indie rock band hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. The songs they write are catchy yet complex, while staying true to their folk, blues, country, and alt-rock roots.
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1. The Book
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2. Wetherquist
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3. The Descent
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4. Hindsight
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5. Hiding in the Rain
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6. The Ballad of the Hydes
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7. Two Stories
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8. Song
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9. Roller Coaster
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10. The Script
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11. Apple
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12. Nothing Else Matters
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Treacherous French are:
Charlie Kaupp: vocals, guitars, harmonica, mandolin
Cara Madden-Watson: vocals, drums, washboard, glockenspiel
Phil Bergeron: bass, vocals, guitar, ukulele, melodica
Olivier René: accordion, Jew harp, piano, spoons, steel drum, kalimba

The Treacherous French are an eclectic indie rock band hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. The songs they write are catchy yet complex, while staying true to their folk, blues, country, and alt-rock roots. The lineup consists of a group of four multi-instrumentalists from differing backgrounds ranging from folk rock to punk rock to dance rock to Celtic jazz folk fusion. The semi-standard lineup of rock band instruments is well represented: Phil on bass, Charlie on guitar and vocals, Cara on drums and vocals, and Olivier on keys and accordion – but if you listen closely, you may hear some twists as well: mandolin, harmonica, glockenspiel, washboard, kalimba, spoons – and this blend of styles and instrumentation is what makes The Treacherous French what it is.

A little history:
Cara and Charlie met in January of 2011 by merging their influence list and finding a significant amount of overlap. Charlie was looking for accompanying musicians for a new, undefined project, and Cara was looking to get back into playing with a band after a long hiatus. They met on Craigslist somehow, in the musicians section.

They started by picking about a dozen songs to cover, including tracks by The Decemberists, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, and Bad Religion. They expanded the list to include a few other bands, but with a tendency towards the singer-songwriter side of the spectrum, as that sounded better with just two members. After writing a few originals, it was time to add a third member. Ads were written and potential members were auditioned with dubious success for at least a few months.

One day at practice, Cara and Charlie realized they sounded really solid as a two-piece, so why fix it if it ain’t broken? Maybe it was time to work on some new original songs and play some shows. The next step was to find a name, and after three months and about three hundred rejected names, The Treacherous French were born.

After recording a few songs, and through the miracle of multi-track recording, they were able to hear what they might sound like with bass, electric guitar, and deeper vocal harmonies. So, in passing one summer day in 2012, Charlie asked Phil if he wanted to come jam sometime. Those in the know will recall that Phil and Charlie were in another band together some years prior. He seemed to like it, and thus the third member was added, rounding out the sound.

Then one year, as he is wont to do, Charlie aged. It’s been a long-standing band tradition to throw parties with live shows for birthdays. The band threw a great party at Charlie’s favorite local watering hole in his neighborhood in San Francisco, and Phil asked his friend Olivier to join the trio on stage for a couple of songs… with his accordion. It was such a smashing success that the band decided to do it again for another birthday party, but this time for the full set. After that, it was clear that the only thing The Treacherous French needed was full-time accordion, so thus Olivier joined. The three piece became a four piece, and the sound was forever changed for the better.

Accordion evolved into various other keys, and the rest of the instrumentation continues to evolve as the band continues to write new material. At any given time, you’ll hear guitar, bass, drum kit, up to four voices, washboard, spoons, Jew harp, harmonica, accordion, glockenspiel, melodica, steel drum, kalimba, mandolin, and even a recording of the clamor of an actual Paris cafe, all combining together to form a rich soundscape.

The Treacherous French are pleased to release their first true full-length album in the Fall of 2017. Prior to that, they had released a few homemade EPs. All recordings are available online or at shows.

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